self-repair iphone screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zilu01, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. zilu01 macrumors newbie

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    Unlike any of the millions who were fortunate enough to cast their hands on the Iphone, I was one of billions who just "dreams" of owning one. Judging by my impression of my Macbook pro and Ipod video, I am sure iphone too has outstanding quality and functionality therefore I simply have to get one no matter what. As time passed, I become more eager to owning one but an idea struck in my head, why not cash out my cell phone and ipod for a second hand iphone? It sounded good until I discovered the need of additional $200. Depression pursued, but I was still determined. It all happened while puffing on a potent herb, that I discovered ifixit and their wicked guides. I could sell my Samsung Sync and 2nd gen Nano, then buy a cracked iphone and perform a DIY screen replacement and I would be owning a iphone! Having done DIY repairs on electrical component, I have no doubt of a successful result. Soon after, I purchased a cracked iphone (fully functional) for $180 shipped followed by replacement screen for $115 (tools included). My Sync and Nano got sold for $250 combined.

    Now I sit anxiously waiting for my package. Has anyone like me done a DIY screen replacement? If yes, how did it go? Will I have to reapply the adhesive or will the old glue still hold?
     
  2. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Whatever you do, stay off the 'potent herb' while you are performing this intricate operation! :eek:
     
  3. SRSound macrumors 6502

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    Now THATS dedication - I'm very impressed. I do wonder, though, if you're working so hard to save a couple hundred on the device itself, is it the best decision to sign up for even the cheapest iphone plan?
     
  4. zilu01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Signing a new contract for me is pointless because I already have ATT. It would much cheaper to just swap chips
     
  5. TurboSC macrumors 65816

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    hahah I agree. Or at least make sure you have a lot of munchies nearby when you're performing the operation...

    It would be cool if you posted up some pictures of the whole process... really impressed with the dedication :) I hope everything works out for you, keep us updated.

    - Sunny
     
  6. jontucker macrumors 6502

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    I have an idea, instead of wasting time buggering around with replacing the screen in order to save a few quid you could get a job and have the money to buy a new one!
     
  7. zilu01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It may sound like a waste of time to you, but I find it enjoyable. I've been around computers my whole life and I have personal satisfaction knowing I did something not everyone can do. Not only will I gain technical knowledge of the Iphone, I will also save not a few quids, but $500 and a 2 year contract (Hoping my existing ATT Sim will work as I have mixed answers on this issue but I can always resort to unlock).
     
  8. rablat macrumors 6502a

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    And we know he doesn't have a job how?

    That was a ridiculous and uncalled for statement.

    Perhaps he does have a job and works very hard to save the money he does make for something as unnecessary as an iPhone.
     
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  10. snook911 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice idea but not sure where you come up with you saved $500. It cost you $285 for the parts and the cracked iphone. I have seen refurbed iphones on apple.com for $349 thats only $65. Even brand new its only $399 or a savings of about $115. By the way your existing AT&T Sim wont work in the iphone. If you want to keep the plan your on you will have to unlock it. Good Luck.
     
  11. zilu01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    **Update** I have received my phone and it works perfect. I activated it using my sim and adding the $20 data service. I have updated it to 1.1.2 (maybe not smart idea). Rumor has it that you can deactivate the data plan but this Edge is pretty nifty :D I will post some pictures soon
     
  12. ToltinBy macrumors newbie

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    replacement screen?

    Can't wait to see pix. Where did you get a replacement screen for $115? And, why are people so nasty? It's a TOY, fer gosh sakes. Lighten up!
     
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    Last post November 27. Do you really think he is still planning on posting a pic?
     
  15. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    $350.00
     
  16. gloss macrumors 601

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    Ahh, I see.
     
  17. kleo macrumors regular

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    lol honestly you got ripped off for all the work and time your putting into this. Refurb phones are your friend. Heck just get a 4GB one for cheap in full working order. :confused:

    Have fun replacing that screen without bending/damaging any of those case components lol :rolleyes:
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Thanks for bringing up a 2 year old thread Christina. :)
     
  19. cal45 macrumors newbie

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    LOL! You paid $115 just for the parts for a replacement screen? I only paid $60 like 2 months ago to get my 3G repaired from www.coloradoiphone.com

    That included them driving out to repair it for me hah. You got screwed.


    *edit* Whoops, just saw the date. Sorry, found it on a Google search. No wonder you paid so much! That was like 3 years ago.
     
  20. AuroraProject macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Dude, look at the date of the first post k.
     

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